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Mrs. Borromeo's Kitchen

Atching (Kapampangan term for elder sister) Lillian Lising-Borromeo is a well-known culinary icon in Mexico, Pampangga. Considered as one of the pillars of Kapampangan cuisine, Atching Lillian is a renowned chef and food historian who has been dubbed as the “The Guardian Angel of Kapampangan Cooking”. She continues to cook traditional Kapampangan specialties in her open-air restaurant in Barangay Parian, Mexico, Pampanga.


Mexico is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga. Formerly known as Nuevo Mexico during the Spanish period, the town is subdivided into 43 barangays. It has a total land area of 11,761 hectares and it is located 67.3 kilometers away from Metro Manila. 

It is bounded in the North by the municipality of Magalang; San Luis in the South; Arayat and Sta. Ana in the East and the cities of San Fernando and Angeles in the West. The town has become a famed tourist attraction because of its San Nicolas biscuits and the authentic Kapampangan Cuisine prepared by Lillian Lising-Borromeo.

Mrs. Borromeo’s Kitchen is located in Barangay Patian in Mexico, Pampanga. Situated beside their ancestral home is a small dining area that can accommodate up to 50 people. 

History and Cultural Significance

Pampanga is known as the capital of Filipino cuisine. Kapampangan cuisine is deeply rooted to Spanish culture, but also has many similarities with Malay, Chinese and Mexican cuisine. The Kapampangans were able to produce a unique blend of tastes that made their cuisine one of the best in the Philippines.

Lilian Lising-Borromeo began her life in the kitchen at the age of two. She belongs to a family of cooks and soon after, she took up a degree in Home Economics. Atching Lillian became well known for the tradition of baking Panecillos de San Nicolas, also known as Saniculas Cookies, one of the oldest cookies in the Philippines brought by Augustinians.  The Saniculas cookies are made of arrow root, sugar, egg yolks, flour and a hint of dayap.

Atching Lillian soon became a renowned cookbook author, TV cooking show host and culinary teacher. She opened her ancestral home and kitchen to visitors who want to taste traditional Kapampangan cuisine.